Upcoming New Bike Launches in India - Festive Season 2013


Bike enthusiasts, it’s time to rejoice! This festive season, as many as 15 new bikes have been lined up for launch in the Indian market. In this article we shall list out in detail, all the bikes that are expected to land on our shores in October, November and December of 2013.




1. Royal Enfield Continental GT


When will it launch?

October 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

Rs 2.0 lakhs – 2.5 lakhs


What to expect

The Continental GT is a café racer, an ode to a time when young bikers in the 60’s and 70’s modified street bikes and raced them from café to café. Unlike the other bikes from the Royal Enfield stable, the Continental GT isn’t a long-distance cruiser, with its design and dynamics inclined towards sporty riding. Made for the discerning bike enthusiast, this is a bike that you can use for a leisurely cruise in the city, a ride on twisty hill roads, or for a trip to your local café. Make sure you can handle all the extra attention that you’ll get when you’re riding the Continental GT!


Royal Enfield Continental GT


2. Bajaj Pulsar 375


When will it launch?

November 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

Rs 1.5 lakhs – 1.8 lakhs


What to expect

Bajaj is once again poised to upset the performance biking segment in India. After launching the KTM Duke 390 at an attractive price, the company is all set to launch the biggest and fastest Pulsar yet.

The new Pulsar 375 will be equipped with the same 373 cc engine as the Duke 390. The engine could be reworked by Bajaj, and can be expected to output anywhere close to 40bhp. Reports suggest that the bike will be the first in the Pulsar series to sport a full-body fairing. This will definitely strike a chord with most Indian consumers, given our affinity for fully-faired bike.

As is the case with all Pulsars, the 375 will be equipped with numerous features. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) could also be offered, either as standard or as an optional extra. Considering the performance on offer and an on-road price tag that is expected to be well under Rs 2 lakhs, the Pulsar 375 will offer terrific value for money. This is the bike for those who are looking for a high performance machine that doesn’t burn a big hole in the wallet.

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS

(Image of the Pulsar 200 NS used for illustration purposes)


3. Triumph line-up


When will it launch

November 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

Bonneville – Rs 6.5 lakhs

Street Triple – Rs 6.5 lakhs

Daytona 675 – Rs 8 lakhs

Speed Triple – Rs 8 lakhs

Tiger 800 XC – Rs 12 lakhs

Thunderbird Storm – Rs 18 lakhs – Rs 20 lakhs

Rocket III – Rs 25 lakh


What to expect?

After nearly two years since they were first showcased to the Indian pubic, Triumph will finally set foot in the Indian market. The British manufacturer will bring in a host of bikes that range from naked street bikes, sports bikes and full-size cruisers. Following on the heels of Hyosung and Harley Davidson, Triumph will be the third big bike manufacturer to set up an assembly facility in India, which will assemble bikes like the Bonneville, Street Triple, and the Daytona 675 from Completely Knocked-Down kits (CKDs). Other bikes, like the Speed Triple, Tiger 800 XC, the Thunderbird Storm and the Rocket III will be brought in as Completely Built Units. The already-spoilt Indian motorcycling enthusiast will now have more choices to sift through!

Triumph Bikes



4. Karizma R and Karizma ZMR (2014)


When will it launch?

December 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

2014 Karizma R – Rs 1 lakh

2014 Karizma ZMR - Rs 1.25 lakhs


What to expect

A set of recently revealed images have confirmed that Hero, with help from their new technology partners Erik Buell Racing, have developed an all new Karizma series of bikes. The new 2014 Karizma R and ZMR could be equipped with an all-new fuel-injected engine that may displace around 225 – 250cc, with an estimated output around 20 bhp. Both bikes have undergone an extensive design revamp, differentiated only by the use of a half-fairing on the Karizma R and a full-fairing on the ZMR.

Like the current generation Karizmas, the bikes will be positioned as sport touring machines. Hero MotoCorp will be relying on the new 2014 Karizma series to grab a footing in the under Rs 2 lakh performance bike segment, a segment that is now dominated by the likes of Bajaj, Yamaha, KTM and Honda.

Hero Karizma ZMR

(Image of the current-generation Karizma ZMR used for illustration purposes)


5. Kawasaki Ninja 250R


When will it launch?

December 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

Rs 2 lakh – Rs 2.5 Lakh


What to expect

When the Ninja 250R was first launched in 2008, what most people saw was an exhorbitantly priced bike; one simply couldn’t justify paying over Rs 3Lakh for a 250cc bike! What they didn’t see though, was a gem of a bike that was hiding behind that price tag.

The Ninja 250R was a brilliant bike. It didn’t sport any gimmicks like a digital speedo or eye-grabbing styling. The only thing flashy about it was the green colour, but had you ordered it in black, it was so stealthy that it almost justified its name. It sported what was hailed as one of the best 250cc engines ever made. It was easy to ride, and handled like a sports bike should. You could also tour the whole country on it, and it wouldn’t even flinch.

Then the Ninja 300 came along. Launched in 2013 to replace the now-aging Ninja 250R, the 300 looked sharper and performed better than its predecessor, not to mention being better equipped as well. As expected, the Ninja 300 came in at an even higher price, at over Rs 4 lakh on-road, making it all the more inaccessible to many. With the advent of the KTM 390 Duke at Rs 2 lakhs (on-road), the Ninja 300 seemed ridiculously overpriced.

Now, Kawasaki has started taking the Indian market more seriously. Along with the announcement of opening stand-alone dealerships throughout the country, the company confirmed the possibility of re-launching the 2012 Ninja 250R in India. We feel that this would be a great move, as unlike before, the bike will be assembled in India rather than being imported from Thailand, leading to a massive reduction in the price tag. The Ninja 250 should ideally be priced in the region of Rs 2.0 - 2.5 lakh on-road, making it an excellent value-for-money proposition. If you’ve got a big-capacity superbike on your mind for the future, the Ninja 250R is a great bike for beginners to learn the nuances of sport riding on.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R


6. Vespa 946


When will it launch?

Oct - Nov 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

Rs 1.5 lakhs


What to expect

The Vespa 946 is probably the most futuristic looking scooter sold anywhere in the world. Sharing its internals with the Vespa LX125, the 946 is an exquisitely-designed scooter that is assembled completely by hand, using high-quality materials in its construction. The scooter will be equipped with features such as a fully-digital dashboard, front and rear disc brakes, ABS, and traction control.

The 946 will serve purely as a halo product for Vespa, showcasing the company’s prowess in combining design with the latest technology. The scooter will be priced in excess of Rs 1.5 lakhs, making it more of an expensive fashion statement rather that a practical purchase.

Vespa 946



7. KTM RC 390 / 200


When will it launch?

December 2013


How much will it cost? (Expected Price)

RC 200 - Rs 2 lakhs

RC 390 – Rs 2.5 lakhs


What to expect

As though launching the 390 Duke at an unbelievable price point wasn’t enough, KTM looks to dominate the performance motorcycles above 200cc segment in India. The Austrian company had earlier confirmed that a slew of bikes based on the 200 and 390 Dukes were in the pipeline for an end 2013 launch. Amongst those bikes are the RC 200 and the RC 390 sport bikes. Like KTM’s flagship RC8 superbike, the bikes will be focussed on outright track performance. If the performances of their Duke counterparts are anything to go by, the RC 200 & 390 will definitely set the roads on fire. Once these orange rockets land on Indian shores, the Japanese sports bike brigade will have a lot of catching up to do!


KTM RC Series

(Image of the KTM RC390 Cup Race bike used for illustration purposes)


By Jaichandran Jayapalan


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